Marx as a Migrant – A digital narrative

Karl Marx lived a long life as a migrant. Fleeing from the Prussian state, censorship and possible arrest, important stops on his journey were Paris, Brussels and London. These cities shaped his political activities, his engagement with political fellow-travellers, as well as his intellectual development and thus his entire work.

At the click of a mouse, you can follow Marx as a migrant from city to city. You can not only immerse yourself in his time, but also discover that even today, traces of his life and work continue to be seen in Paris, Brussels and London.

Each station takes about 45 minutes.


Marx as a Migrant

  • Paris
  • Arrival in Rue Vaneau

Paris, October 2017.

7th arrondissement, Faubourg Saint Germain, Rue Vaneau. 15-minute walk from Quai Voltaire.

Jenny and Karl Marx move into a hotel in Rue Vaneau 11 in October 1843.

The district on the left bank of the Seine, nowadays situated in the southwest centre of Paris, was part of the 10th arrondissement in the mid-19th century. An aristocratic district, a neighbourhood with a large number of German-speaking immigrants.

Karl Marx will live, correspond from and work in this street at five different addresses until the end of his time in Paris.